Many of our customers drive electric because it helps the environment. They see their clean kilometers as helping to improve the planet for their children and grandchildren. They truly feel that we are in this together and we should motivate each other as well as make a difference. According to multiple sources, electric driving is one of the solutions to battle climate change. This week we will be discussing how sustainable driving an EV actually is and where the electricity comes from which we use for our cars.
We have calculated that we have had 8,326,109 charging sessions with our charge points since we founded NewMotion. In total we charged 101,520,000 kWh in these charging sessions combined, or 101,52 GWh (Gigawatt hours). This amount of energy fully charge 3,384,000 Nissan Leaf’s.. If we take the Nissan Leaf as an example, we calculated that you can drive 525,680,029 miles with 101.52 GWh. This means that you are able to drive around planet earth 21,110 times! If you would drive this exact same distance with a Nissan Pulsar, which is the petrol equivalent of the Nissan Leaf, you need 42,300,000 liters of petrol.
So by pumping 42,300,000 litres of petrol to fuel a Nissan Pulsar, you would have pumped 89,614 tons of CO2 straight into our blue skies. Whilst at the same distance, the Nissan Leaf will drive kilometers powered by clean electricity. This means dangerous air-polluting emissions will be pumped into the sky. However, let’s be honest with each other, today electricity generation is still not sustainable enough to be able to say that driving electric is truly carbon emission free.
The UK generates electricity via several ways; natural gas, oil, coal and renewable sources, such as the wind and the sun. In the UK most of the electricity is generated by coal and natural gas.
Source: The Shift Project Data Portal (2014). If the Nissan Leaf would drive on electricity generated by natural gas, the car would emit 56,179 tons of CO2. This is less than when the car drives on petrol, but still too much. As we can see, only 8% of the energy generated in the UK is by wind. We hope this figure will definitely grow in the future.
National governments have set several goals in the future to make sure that a bigger part of their energy capacity will be generated by renewable sources. The table below demonstrates that Germany is the frontrunner in renewable energy. We are also very pleased with Scotland’s goal in 2020 (REN21, 2016).
With more people driving electric and an increase in investment of renewable energy, the electricity grid will get greener and greener. We are looking forward to the EV which is completely emission free!